Fidelio review - The Australian

Fidelio soars in Gitmo setting

MELBOURNE Opera began 2013 with an impressive new Fidelio, relocated to a Guantanamo Bay prison setting. David Kram conducted a memorable performance of Beethoven's opera which, following the longueurs of Act 1, saw Hugh Halliday's sympathetic direction focused and superbly executed in the final act. Roger Howell's hateful prison governor Pizarro had him almost chewing the scenery with his venality; as a performance, it stole the show. DonnaMaree Dunlop, pictured, sang Leonore so powerfully in Act I that it was extraordinary how she triumphantly maintained her energy throughout the opera. Jason Wasley, pictured, was an impressive Florestan and Steven Gallop a sympathetic Rocco. Fidelio plays at Melbourne's Athenaeum Theatre until February 10, before playing at Monash University on March 2. Tickets: $35-$98. Bookings: (03) 9650 1500 or online.

PETER BURCH

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